Hoosiers Homer Three Times in Losing Effort
May 6, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana baseball team hit three home runs for the second time in three games, but the Louisville bullpen came on strong to thwart the Hoosiers in leading the Cardinals to a 13-6, come-from-behind win. Josh Phegley, Tyler Rogers and Kipp Schutz each hit longballs in a losing effort. Louisville has won eight in a row to improve to 32-16, while Indiana is now 21-26 on the 2008 season.
After the Cardinals got a run in the first, the Hoosiers used the longball to take back the lead. After an Evan Crawford single, Phegley was hit by a pitch, and then Rogers blasted a pitch over the wall in left center to make it 3-1. But the Cards got another run on a couple singles and a sac fly in the second and then the first three hitters reached in the third for U of L.
The longball continued to be kind for the Hoosiers in the third and fourth. Phegley ripped his 10th home run of the year with two down in the third and nobody on. He became the first IU player since Joe Kemp in 2005 to hit double-digits in home runs. Indiana has now hit 30 home runs on the season after hitting just eight in all of 2007. The Hoosiers have scored 317 runs after tallying 244 last year.
In the bottom of the fourth, Schutz got into the home-run game, drilling a towering fly over the scoreboard in right center for his fifth dinger of the year to tie the game 5-5. Dylan Swift followed with a single and moved to second on a groundout. Tyler Cox then singled to left to put runners at the corners, and then Andrew Means picked up an RBI groundout to give the Hoosiers a 6-5 lead.
From then on, though, it was all Cardinals, as the Louisville bullpen took over the game and the UL bats exploded for eight runs over the next three innings. The first big blow came in the top of the fifth, when Josh Richmond hit a two-run shot to left field to open up an 8-6 lead for the visitors. Then in the sixth, the Hoosiers had two down and a man on second and elected to walk slugger Chris Dominguez intentionally. But right fielder Stewart Ijames followed that with a three-run blast to right to make it 11-6.
The Cardinals tacked on two more runs in the top of the seventh to make it 13-6. Meanwhile, the UL bullpen was outstanding, at one point setting down 14 consecutive Hoosiers from the fifth to the ninth. Louisville has not walked a single batter in the last four contests.
Indiana will be back in action on Friday for a crucial four-game set against fifth-place Northwestern in Evanston. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 3 p.m. CDT/4 p.m. EDT at Rocky Miller Field. Live audio and GameTracker for the contest will be available on IUHoosiers.com.
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